It's Sunday. Family day! It was like that when I grew up. My parents and the kids would find something local or not local to see do or discover.
I try that in my house. "Do we want to go to the local school fair?"
No, we can't.
"How about, why don't we go to the Aquarium for the day?"
No, we can't.
Why? My husband coaches my sons' baseball and football teams and although the weekdays have their own challanges, usually on Sunday, we face the following schedule:
9:30 - church
10:30-12noon - baseball batting practice.
1-3:30pm - baseball game.
5-6pm - football practice before his game.
6-7pm - football game.
Meanwhile I also happen to be a parent to two other childen, 6 and 3 who get dragged to the other child's games all weekend, watching their dad from afar and missing him, wondering why they can't stand with him during any of the day's activities. All the while I'm soothing ruffled feathers and negotiating battles trying to watch any part of what I can see of my oldest playing.
If I was a boring mom, or maybe one that loved sports, this entry here would be different...but I"m a fun, creative mom who loves taking her 'family' - (that means everyone; husband and kids!) outside their city block on weekends to experience the amazing things the world around us has to offer. But I can't cause 1/3 of the family is constantly stuck in these activities that repeat themselves every weekend.
If my oldest was 16 and off to a great college under a school scholarship, that would be different, but he is not sports savvy and part of me thinks he only plays because of his dad.
So, the family day together fun will have to wait. And wait. And wait.